Cornell boasts over 1,600 tenured and tenure-track faculty, hailing from all over the world. More than 22 percent are from racial/ethnic minority backgrounds and more than 31 percent are women.
The Office of Faculty Development and Diversity works with deans and department chairs to increase faculty diversity, providing guidance in setting realistic diversity goals, training search committees, broadening faculty applicant pools, increasing retention of underrepresented groups, and providing faculty development and advancement opportunities. The office leadership is part of the University Diversity Council (UDC) and will support the UDC’s goals and work.
The goal of Cornell’s Faculty Institute for Diversity is to bring faculty together to engage in complex discussions about aspects of diversity, to create a network of teachers and scholars who can serve as a resource to one another on matters of diversity and education, and to incorporate diversity elements into new or revised courses. The idea for a Faculty Institute at Cornell emerged from the 2006 Teagle Foundation study, “Eliminating Racial and Ethnic Disparities in College Completion and Achievement: What Works and Why.”
The Office of Faculty Diversity (OFD) was formed in July 2009. The initiatives of the OFD include leadership development, recruitment, and retention of a diverse faculty. The purpose of the office is to create leadership roles that develop and sustain a diverse faculty through the following initiatives: recruitment, faculty development, work-life environment, retention, and promotion/leadership.